Time ticks by slowly in Sauna City. Like a bead of sweat running down your face or film that’s just one scene too long. Steve Gerard, film critic, knows this all too well. Steve’s been spending way too much time online, and he’s started to notice something he worries no one else has seen: a killer, lurking sites and bragging about a string of mysterious murders of online personalities. Can Steve connect the clues across the web that no one else is noticing? Or is the sweltering summer heat and constant diet of content making him lose his mind?
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all thro’ the cast,
Spencer was recording a pilot that was fun and was fast
The actors each read their scripts with love and care
With the hopes that listeners soon would be there.
Happy Holidays from the Please Make This crew!
The Please Make This boys are coming to you live from Chicago’s Beat Kitchen as part of the Chicago Podcast Festival! A big thanks to the Festival for having us and everyone who came to out to hear us verbally abuse Zachary Quinto! Enjoy this tale of family traditions, punch experimentation, and grandmother death.
On this week’s Please Make This minisode, Richie shares a portion of the first draft of a short he would like to make, tentatively titled “What’s Real”. If you’d like to read the whole draft or have any feedback, reach out to Richie on any social media!
Finn felt adrift, bored, and alone till “Student Film” came into her life. While browsing for something to watch one night, Finn stumbles on this enigmatic work of cinema by a mysterious artist, A. Guy, that changes her perspective on the world forever. Inspired, she sets out to find A. Guy, sharing the film and creating new die-hard fans as she goes. With a minor cult forming behind her and a clue about Nebraska, Finn finds her hero, but does he feel the same way about his work as they do?
Eee-hee-hee! Scryptkeeper Hobert sits down with his friend Mike to talk about their dead TV concept: Time Neighbors, a tale of friendship, gentrification, and mind-melting timeline architecture. Mike and Hobert dig up an old doc of notes and perform an autopsy on their series that never was, highlighting the project’s least filmable qualities, including an opening scene set in ancient China, actors being randomly switched out for older/younger doubles, flying robot cellphones and a Hitler-that-never-was as a barista at a “TimeBucks”. BRING OUT YER DEAD!
For years Lauren and Molly have watched and practically worshipped their local weatherman, Tim Skillet. When Tim’s girlfriend, Chicago politician Ellen Degeneray, proposes to him during a live broadcast, their lives are sent into a spiral. With Lauren’s dim-witted husband in tow, they set off on a poorly thought out crime spree to make sure Tim remains single…even if it means getting rid of Ellen permanently.
Richie sits down with his friend Chris Blake to have a quick conversation about Chris' favorite movie: The Usual Suspects.
The Carlsburg family solves its problems on the battlefield. Well, the simulated battlefield. And now on the eve of another LARPing event they’ve invited their friends, the Knights, to participate in a weekend of padded armor, foam swords, and a single quest: Parents vs Kids, with gaming privileges on the line. Taking up sword and bow, the children of the two families hold up in a besieged fortress and defend against the dragon’s monster horde. How long will they hold out against their parents’ unrelenting, but loving, assault?
This All Hallow's Eve, join your host Spencer Blair as he takes you on a terrifying tale of his own invention. Before you enjoy this episode, make sure all the lights are on and all the doors are locked. Happy Halloween!
Casino World is the greatest casino and resort on the planet, maybe in the whole galaxy. It’s a hive of fun and excitement where gamblers, partiers, tourists, spies, super-criminals, magicians, celebrities, and mad scientists kick back and unwind, or maybe even find themselves wrapped up in a caper or two! On this night in the famous casino Lady Luck must be feeling super weird, as the normal goings on devolve into a wild night of horse drugs, high stakes gambling, and magic as the house suddenly begins to lose like never before. Can anyone forget one wild night in Casino World?
Spencer and Hobert sit down with B-Movie Master Justin Fiocca and some film-pals to be introduced to the Jame-Bond-Lite John Stamos vehicle Never Too Young To Die. This movie’s got it all: bad acting, inexplicable twists, boring action scenes, weird sex scenes, and more stereotypes than you can shake pointy metal finger at. John Stamos stars as Lance Stargrove, a junior spy with a dead dad (George Lazenby), a quirky best friend (Peter Kwong), a partner/girlfriend he seemingly inherits (Vanity), and a nemesis (Gene Simmons) with a very convoluted scheme. Will Stargrove make his daddy proud? Or will LA get poisoned or something?
The Urzar family has been through some tough times up in Minnesota’s Iron Range. Grandson Riley hasn’t seen his family in years while his grandfather Fritz feels trapped by growing concern about his physical and mental health since his wife’s passing. As they all gather at the Urzar cabin to mourn, two men burdened by anger and regret are thrown together. What connection do they have to the monsters that lurk in the woods of the Iron Range? Does the threat to the family lurk the woods at night, or is it sleeping safely under their own roof?
In this Please Make This Minisode, Richie Owens had a crazy dream about a movie... and then wrote that dream down and had actors bring it to life! It's a Dream Come True! Listen to Kevin Cormier's Space Goo now!
Chris and Suze Sacco’s P Town is America’s favorite kids’ show, but things are anything but sunshiny backstage. The Saccos’ marriage is falling apart under the weight of jealousy, ambition, and an inability to start a “real” family. Will the show survive its leads’ issues, or will the tragedy of the real world spill into P Town?
Gertrude Slime was one of the biggest porn stars of the 70’s; an icon of the sexual revolution now retired and spending her twilight years bored and reminiscing. When an internet search takes her to the page of an aspiring SoundCloud rapper named Dirty Napz, Gertrude finds herself suddenly in a relationship again. Despite their age difference, the pair find kinship in their art, their loneliness, and their passion for their communities. Will jealousy and a world that doesn’t understand pull Gertrude and Napz apart? Or will they live by the code of “Do Your Thing!”?
Please Make This’s Hobert Thompson leaves his comfort zone by stepping out of the beer soaked world of house parties and into the wine sipping, cheese tasting world of a gallery opening. In this episode of At The Parties you’ll hear him giggling nervously as he interviews *stuffy voice* patrons of the arts *end stuffy voice* about films they’d recently seen, and straining not to tell an elderly woman that Across the Universe is one of the worst movie musicals of all time. If you listen closely there’s also a hidden background review of Trader Joe’s Belgian Waffle Cookies. Enjoy! *doffs beret*
The Clean Magic cleaning company has been a fixture of their neighborhood for years. Just a normal family, workin’ in the Big Apple. Only that’s what they want you to think! Really they are the premier fixers for the fantastical community of NYC, cleaning up everything from alien invasions to undead plagues, all in secrecy with the help of a crew of top-notch specialists. But times change, and the hapless children of the Rabbito clan are now in charge of the operation. Will they be able to keep up the family biz? Or does a malevolent force have it’s eye on…The Heart of New York City!
On this NEW Please Make This Minisode, Richie sits down with a guest to review a movie before they even seen it, and then immediately review that same movie right after they see it!
This week's episode features reviews of the movie The Meg and the second half of this episode contains spoilers for the movie The Meg.